GOLDEN GIRL: Jorja Wilson proudly displays the medal she won at the National Judo Championships in Adelaide recently. Picture:
GOLDEN GIRL: Jorja Wilson proudly displays the medal she won at the National Judo Championships in Adelaide recently. Picture:

Judo champ dreams of an Olympic shot

By Richard Forbes, Star correspondent

JORJA Wilson is now ranked third in Australia in her weight-age division, following her placing at the National Judo Championships in Adelaide recently.

Prior to that, she won gold in both the NSW and Queensland state titles.

Even though she's only been in the sport for two years, her training schedule has a strong focus on fitness and techniques.

Jorja said her target was the 2012 London Olympics, which she seed as the ultimate.

"The selectors invited me to the training camp for Nationals so they could see my work before choosing me for the squad," she said.

"So, hopefully I'll enter competitions where Olympic selectors are looking at prospects. The next competition is Oceania to be held in Perth in November."

Jorja trains at Zen Shin Kai dojo at Lennox Head under Alison Parr who said that the 15-year-old gives her all in the sport.

"She's skilful, determined and quick, with a lot of potential to go further," Parr said.

Ms Parr also has Natalie Elmer in training for the shadow Olympic squad for Beijing.

Next year Jorja hopes to achieve a number one National ranking, but she's aware of the extra work required to fight adults.

For now, this committed power pack will continue to fight her way to the top in the hope that her experience and talent will get her there.



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